Rear Admiral Kohler, a native of Erie, Pennsylvania, graduated from Indiana University of Pennsylvania in 1983 and was commissioned an ensign in 1984 through the Aviation Officer Candidate School, Pensacola, Florida as a Naval Intelligence officer.
Kohler has been the commander of Navy Information Dominance Forces since its establishment in October 2014. His other flag assignments include director of Intelligence Operations (J2) U.S. Africa Command, deputy director of Naval Intelligence OPNAV N2/N6, deputy commander Fleet Cyber Command/US TENTH Fleet and deputy chief of Tailored Access Operations at the National Security Agency.
His operational tours include intelligence officer for Strike Fighter Squadron (VF) 102 on USS America (CV 66); Commander Amphibious Squadron 1 on USS Peleliu (LHA) 5; and N2 for Cruiser Destroyer Group 2, USS George Washington Battle Group. Kohler's shore tours include: intelligence analyst, commander in chief briefer and intelligence systems and communications officer for U.S. Naval Forces Europe in London, England; junior intel officer detailer and assistant community manager, Bureau of Personnel in Washington, D.C.; deputy J2 and CENTCOM deputy team chief, Joint Warfare Analysis Center in Dahlgren, Virginia; director of Intelligence Operations United States Special Operations Command in Tampa, Florida; and J2 for Joint Interagency Task Force South in Key West, Florida.
Kohler holds a master's degree in computer science from the U.S. Naval Postgraduate School and from the U.S. Army Command and General Staff College in military history.
Kohler's personal awards include two Legion of Merit Medals, four Defense Superior Service Medals, the Defense Meritorious Service Medal, the Meritorious Service Medal, three Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medals and the Joint Service Achievement Medal.